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I Am A Columbia Nurse: Kenrick Cato '08 '14

Student-Alumni Connection Program

This new initiative matches alumni and students during summer breaks, enabling students to get an insider’s view into a broad range of careers.  Students will have the opportunity to meet alumni informally (in person, phone, Skype, email) or shadow them at their place of work.  Read more about the student-alumni connection program.

Alumni Admissions Ambassador

The Alumni Admissions Ambassador program enables accepted students to speak with an alumni about their experiences at Columbia Nursing. This opportunity allows alumni to share their stories, offer advice, congratulate accepted students, and connect back to Columbia Nursing.

Recent Alumni Engagement Committee

The purpose of this committee is to deepen recent graduates’ involvement with Columbia Nursing, including events and initiatives that would drive engagement, and increase recent graduates’ participation in the Annual Fund. Since we understand that your time is valuable; this role is flexible—you can commit as little or as much time as our schedule allows. View the various ways to get involved in the Recent Alumni Engagement Committee.

Reunion Committee Member

Reunion committees are comprised of a core group of volunteers for each class/program who take the lead on specific reunion functions. We seek two or more Reunion Committee members to serve as liaisons for their class during the reunion planning process. Tasks for Reunion Committees include:

  • Encouraging classmates to attend Reunion
  • Sharing address changes and email changes with the school
  • Endorsing letters, postcards, and e-mails to classmates encouraging attendance at reunion
  • Fundraising for the class gift
  • Planning events outside of the Columbia Nursing program, such as a Thursday or Friday night dinner or cocktail reception

Participate on a Panel

The Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Career Development host periodic panel discussions for students. Graduates are invited back to provide insights on topics such as job hunting, life after Columbia, student loan repayment and more.

Become a Nurse Preceptor

Preceptorship bridges the gap between the classroom and the clinical area for nursing students. Columbia Nursing graduate students learn invaluable lessons from nurse preceptors. If you are an experienced Registered Nurse who is enthusiastic about nursing, please consider becoming a nurse preceptor.


Office of Curricular and Academic Support

(212) 342-3920


Participate in Continuing Education

The Center for Continuing Nursing Education at Columbia University School of Nursing provides continuing education to nurses, nurse practitioners, and other health care providers. We combine creative teaching strategies with relevant and current content. Our continuing nursing education programs are designed to meet your needs and accommodate your schedule. Learn more about continuing nursing classes and view the different course offerings.

Annual Fund Committee Member

Annual Fund committee members are an important part of Columbia Nursing's fundraising efforts and assist the Annual Fund vice president with fundraising. Committee members encourage classmates to support the Annual Fund and communicate with donors.

Current Annual Fund Committee Members:

Class Representatives/Program Representatives

If you enjoy personal contact with your classmates or are already in touch with them on a regular basis, you are an ideal person for this role. You will serve as a liaison between your classmates and the school by you will maintaining open lines of communication and keeping the school informed of news and encourage classmates to attend reunion.

Speaker at Alumni/Student Events

Several times a year, the Alumni Association hosts student/alumni events with opportunities for alumni to speak to current students about their career path and professional expertise.

Host a Regional Event

If you are interested in hosting an alumni gathering in your area we are happy to help—you can host a brunch at local restaurants, invite alumni to your home, plan an alumni outing, and more. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations will brainstorm to assist in the coordination of any regional alumni event you may be interested in hosting.

Alumni Spotlight/Profile

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations welcomes all Alumni Spotlight suggestions. Spotlight stories are a way to share the important work of alumni with the Columbia Nursing community—but we can’t share them if we don’t hear from you! Email information about yourself or fellow alumni who are making an impact to sonalumni@cumc.columbia.edu.

Submit a Classnote

We publish selected announcements of professional and personal news in the Columbia Nursing Spring Issue of the magazine. Please send your classnote or program note to sonalumni@cumc.columbia.edu or fill in our online form. Your note may be edited for publication. Please include the following information:

  • Complete name
  • Columbia Nursing degree and class year
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Classnote or program note
  • Picture (300 dpi resolution)


If you are interested in getting involved in any of these roles please call or email Sharon Sobel, 212.305.5999 or ss5560@cumc.columbia.edu.